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Work-in-Progress: Developing Online Graduate Courses in Electrical Engineering

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Computers in Education Division Poster Session

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Computers in Education

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24.1396.1 - 24.1396.13



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Petr Johanes Stanford University


Larry Lagerstrom Stanford University

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Larry Lagerstrom is the Director of Online Learning for the School of Engineering at Stanford University. He has eighteen years of experience teaching engineering and physics classes, including in blended and MOOC formats. He holds degrees in physics, mathematics, interdisciplinary studies, and history.

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Work-in-Progress: Developing Online Courses in Electrical Engineering ABSTRACTIn addition to its doctoral program, the Department of Electrical Engineering has a long historyof teaching large-enrollment master’s level and advanced undergraduate courses with broadappeal and applicability. At present twelve such courses are offered, each with annual enrollmentof more than 80 students. Another dozen or so courses have somewhat smaller enrollments.These courses are taken by Electrical Engineering students as well as students from otherdepartments within the School of Engineering and the rest of the University. Many of the coursesalso make up the core of a professional development program.In order to test the learning efficacy of online education, develop a set of best practices, andprovide more flexibility to students, the Department proposed to develop online versions of up totwenty of these courses over a three-­‐year period. The proposal was accepted and the “EE OnlineProgram” started in academic year 2012-2013. The program is experimenting with severalformats, including traditional classroom teaching supplemented with online material, flippedclassrooms, tutored online education, and MOOCs. Initial course offerings include digital signalprocessing, digital image processing, convex optimization, and quantum mechanics. Instructorsare given great latitude in the design of their courses. They also have access to significantinstructional design and multimedia resources. Student learning patterns, outcomes, andsatisfaction are being measured both quantitatively and qualitatively.This work-in-progress presentation will report on the mid-point results of the EE Onlineprogram, reviewing the types of courses developed, the challenges encountered, and theassessment of learning patterns and outcomes.

Johanes, P., & Lagerstrom, L. (2014, June), Work-in-Progress: Developing Online Graduate Courses in Electrical Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23329

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